Good Saturday, my fine feathered friends!!!
Wow... how did it get to be noon already? Yikes! At least I was productive in between all of my screwing off this morning. I managed to finish the first draft of my entry for this week's Idol prompt. I really had nothing until pixie117 tossed some ideas my way. It was a bit of a tough piece to write, honestly. It's non-fiction this week instead of my typical dark fiction... but hey, it's good to mix things up now and again, isn't it? The subject matter brought up some really nasty memories but hey, it's life. We'll just tweak it this weekend and go from there. At least it's written and I don't have to stress about it anymore. Now, it's just the polls or possible non-polls we have to stress about! :-)
The week was filled with the usual annoyances and lots of not-sleeping-very-wellness. Don't know why but I was up and down all night this week. I think I'm turning into an infant all over again. But at least I got the *best* story out of the week. We have a rep on the east coast... based in New Jersey actually. This guy, Dave, is loud, brash, frustrating and even obnoxious sometimes. He works hard and I do respect they guy and even sort of like him most days. But he's... well... Dave. He's just sort of... different. Anyway, he called me one day to check on some special parts we have to run for a customer... parts we have to manufacture overseas. Anyway, it takes anywhere between 10-12 weeks for us to have these things in house and ready to ship. Dave is notorious for promising things we can't deliver. At one point in our conversation, he'd asked about the lead time and wondered if we could have them in 4 weeks. (you'd think after so long in this biz, he'd know that's not even possible so he should stop asking) So when he asked, I laughed at him and told him that we could have them that quick if he went over to Taiwan and ran the parts himself.
To which he sighs and says... "Not likely. I'm tired of dealing with the yellow race."
I sat there for a minute with my mouth hanging open wondering if that had really just happened. Oh yeah, it did. So all I could do was laugh... I actually thought it was pretty funny. But then I asked him if he realized that *I* was part of that "yellow race."
He responds with... "Oh no, you're not."
"Yeah, Dave, I am. I'm half-Japanese."
"No you're not, you're Mexican. You're just trying to make me feel bad."
This just made me laugh harder. "No, actually I'm not Mexican. My last name is SAI-TO.. does that sound Mexican do you?"
He just stuttered and stammered harder and backpedaled faster than I've ever seen him in the 12 years I've been dealing with him. It made me laugh so hard. And of course, I made sure to speak loudly enough for my officemates to hear my side of the conversation because I thought they needed a laugh too. I even heard my boss laughing his ass off in his office.
Anyway... Dave backpedaled and said something about being able to laugh at ourselves and terminated the call quickly. That just cracked me up to no end. Maybe you just had to be there.
So anyway... that was the highlight from my workweek! Sort of sad, isn't it? I better get myself together and get headed out here pretty quickly. The sand is slipping through the hourglass damn quickly today! Yikes!
So how about you, good people? How was YOUR week? What's new and exciting in your worlds? How did the Universe treat you, my friends? Was it warm and caring? Cold and cruel? A little bit of both? Or perhaps just totally indifferent? What were the highlights and lowlights from your week? Were you mistaken for another ethnicity or gender this week perhaps? What's going on in your worlds, boys and girls?
You know how it goes... this here is your sandbox so jump on in and have some fun! Got a funny story to share? A bawdy joke? Need to get something off your chest? Need to climb up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? Want to fling the windows open and scream until your throat is sore? Anything and everything is welcome here. The spotlight is now yours, good people... step on up and good, bad or indifferent, tell us what's going on with you!
As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!